[AS.] The seed of various pod-bearing plants used for food. The two principal field beans are the Scotch or horse bean, and the tick bean. There are also many varieties of garden beans, such as the long pod and broad Windsor. The bean is a valuable source of food for men and the domestic animals and is grown in most of the temperate climates of the globe, being used as human food in its unripe state and as food for animals when ripe. French or kidney beans are grown for the green pods. Haricot beans, which are almost the same as French beans, are largely grown in France and Italy. The Lima bean is a variety of the pole-bean.